Basic Biographical Details

Name: William McCulloch
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1873
Died: Before 1927
Bio Notes: William McCulloch was born in c.1873 and was articled to John Kinross for three years from September 1889, remaining as assistant until July 1896 and studying at Heriot-Watt and the 'School of Art' - probably the School of Applied Art. From 1896 he was employed as assistant and clerk of works to other architects and when he passed the qualifying exam in 1897 and was admitted ARIBA on 7 March 1898 - for which his proposers were John Slater, Benjamin Ingelow and James Brooks - he was living at 1 St Mary Street, St Andrews. From 1898 to 1900 he acted as clerk of works for John Kinross for the latter restoration of Pluscarden Priory (giving Kinross's address in his entry in the Post Office directories) and probably also worked as supervisor on the repair work at St Andrews Augustian Priory.

About 1902 he was taken into partnership by George Alexander Kerr (born 1865) in Alloa. The work of the partnership was of considerable originality culminating in two schools but the partnership ended about 1911 when McCulloch emigrated to Tasmania and allowed his associateship to lapse.

Kerr died on 13 November 1927, while McCulloch had died abroad some years earlier.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 31, St Mary Street, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1898 * For work at St Andrews on Augustian Priory?
Item 2 of 368, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1898  
Item 3 of 320, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 18991900This is John Kinross's address - which he gives for duration of his job for Kinross as clerk of wroks for Pluscarden

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4John Kinross1 September 18891 September 1892ApprenticeRemained as assistant until July 1896
Item 2 of 4John Kinross1 September 1892July 1896Assistant 
Item 3 of 4John Kinross18981900Clerk of Works 
Item 4 of 4Kerr & McCulloch19021911Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Brooks7 March 1898for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Benjamin Ingelow7 March 1898for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Slater7 March 1898for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 101893St Andrews Augustinian PriorySt Andrews FifeScotlandSupervised the restoration work, as assistant to John Kinross
Item 2 of 10190231 ClaremontAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandMcCulloch responsible
Item 3 of 101903Shop for T S CowieAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 4 of 101904Cambus and Tullibody InstituteTullibody ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 5 of 101905Shop and garageAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 6 of 101907Alva Baptist ChurchAlva ClackmannanshireScotlandConverted from Parish School to church
Item 7 of 101907Kincardine-on-Forth Infant SchoolKincardine-on-Forth FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 8 of 101908Grange SchoolAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 9 of 101910Alloa Burgh SchoolAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandAddition
Item 10 of 101910Ludgate SchoolAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandAddition of north-east block


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Mount StuartBute Archives Letter by McCulloch to Lord Bute about Pluscarden.
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from D C Mays
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v14 p19 (microfiche 65/E1)